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Overhead Throwing Athlete materials

I just posted 7 great exercises using rubber tubing as your resistance.  We love to use the Double Cord from Power Systems and the heavy duty bands from Lifeline USA seen below.  These 2 items are very versatile and inexpensive.  They can be found on amazon and most major sporting goods stores.  This would be a great addition to any athletes exercise gear.  Many baseball players will keep these in there bat bags and attach them to fences and or poles for warm-ups before practice and games.  Enjoy!

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Mobility tools

I have mentioned in past "trainers tips" different mobility training exercises/stretches, however, I failed to mention what to use specifically for those stretches.  We like to use the foam rollers made by Power Systems and Perform Better.  These are inexpensive and readily available in almost every sporting goods store or online.  If your an athlete or not these foam rollers are a must to work those knots out.  They can be easily cut down for easy travel as well. Currently these are on Amazon for $15-20. Happy mobility training!!

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Mobility tools #2

In addition to the foam roller previously discussed in the last Trainers Tips, I wanted to share another item we like to use here at Team is the Tiger Tail Massager.  This is a great hand held version of the larger foam roller. Great for working out sore calf muscles and IT bands.  Also, because it is so much smaller it can be transported anywhere easily.  Many of our professional athletes love this piece of equipment.This is on Amazon for $25-30. 

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CAF – Challenged Athletes Foundation

Next month, Oct. 19th a great Triathlon is taking place in San Diego and our very own Natalie Winblad DPT is leading a group of Team PT employee's present and past to compete in this great fundraiser for Challenged Athletes.  Natalie came to know the little man shown below "JJ" as she was going through graduate school and a lifelong bond was formed.  All proceeds from this event go to providing new and improved prosthetic s for these athletes who otherwise could not afford the new prosthetic limb which range from $10,000-40,000 each!  If you want to donate or register for

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Knee Flexion Stretches +

This segment is for the patient who has gained a decent amount of flexion ROM but needs that last little bit for Full ROM.  The first picture demonstrates a simple knee overpressure flexion stretch.  Use either a stretch out strap or an old belt that you loop at one end.  Place the loop around your injured side foot and slowly pull back towards your body allowing your knee to bend.  Hold the stretch for 30 sec and do this 3-4 rounds.  I would also have my patients perform a prone quad stretch as well to enhance knee flexion and promote

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Stretch Out

I have demonstrated many exercises and stretches over the past few years, many of which call for a stretch strap.  I usually call for using an old belt that you can loop at the end, but if your looking for something better and rigid with multiple applications I suggest the Stretch Out Strap.  It's what we use here @ Team PT.  Great product and not very expensive.  Amazon has it for roughly $10.  We are not sponsored or endorsed by this company, this is just a reference for you all to use.  There are many straps out there.  We have found

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Knee Extension Stretch

We previously discussed how to stretch a tight knee into flexion(bending) stretch.  Today, I wanted to demonstrate a couple easy knee extension stretches than can be done at home.  The first illustration below shows a "Coffee Table Hang."  Simply rest your involved leg up onto a stool, chair, coffee table, anything you can rest your leg on that allows gravity to assist you in this extension stretch.  Make sure to keep your toe facing up towards the sky during the stretch to allow for Terminal Knee Extension.  Allow your leg to relax as much as possible.  The farther the away you place

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Knee Flexion Stretches

I have had a lot of friends, family and patients recently ask me easy ways to help their very tight knees bend at home.  The following ROM exercises are easy to do and very successful in assisting knee flexion.  The first picture illustrates what we call "Heel Slides".  This can be done with a stretch strap or old belt.  Simply place the looped end around your foot as you long sit on the floor or bed and gently slide your foot back towards to making your knee bend.  Once at a maxium flexion stretch, hold that for 5-7sec, then release and

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Compassion Physical Therapy

This month I wanted to focus on a cause rather than more exercises.  Compassion Physical Therapy is a local non-profit organization doing some great work through physical therapy in Africa.  Created by Natalie Forsberg DPT and others, this organization has a true heart for healing and restoration of people who otherwise would not receive any healthcare at all. Mission statement "It is the hope of Compassion PT to provide physical therapy services in impoverished areas to people who are underprivileged and underserved while sharing the love of Christ and living out the gospel made possible by the donations of others who

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Revisit: Shoulder Mobility

Back in 2013 we talked about using a tennis ball to get a good trigger point massage on the backside of your shoulder or post scapula region.  While this is still a great starter massage tool I wanted to upgrade my Trainers Tips for those patients/athletes looking for a little more than a soft tennis ball massage.  The Tiger Ball Massage-on-a-rope is a great tool to use in getting those hard knots out of those stubborn shoulder muscles.  The ball is firm/dense enough to get excellent trigger point release and yet soft enough not to inflict pain.  The density is

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